Alireza Talebi | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Alireza Talebi

Assistant Professor
Department of Management
Phone number: 
416-798-1331 ext. 6042
University of Guelph-Humber (GH), Room 208

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Accepting graduate students Fall 2022: Yes



With a diversified background in finance and business, I am passionate to explore pertinent areas required further research. More precisely, I am looking at public procurement and the way it helps entrepreneurs and start-ups to become more engaged in solution-finding process for procurement challenges. I focus on municipalities which are interested to pursue this approach. Engaging a wider range of stakeholders will help the local economies to grow. I have already published several papers in top ranked journals including Local Government Studies.  


  • PhD in Management ; 2014-2020 ; University of Guelph; Guelph, Ontario/Canada;
  • Master of Business Administration 2009-2011; University of Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta/Canada;
  • Master of Finance; 2003-2006; University of Tehran; Tehran/Iran;
  • Bachelor of Business Administration; 1999-2003; Allameh Tabatabai University; Tehran/Iran.

Other qualifications:

  • CFA Level 1 
  • Becoming a Master Instructor Certificate, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). 
  • Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) Certificate, Bloomberg LP. 
  • Letter of Recognition for Professional & Academic Skills Development, University of Guelph. 

Research Interests:

  • Behavioral Finance  
  • Risk Management 
  • Stakeholder Management  
  • Value Creation  
  • Procurement of Innovation  

Current Projects:

  • Developing Capabilities to Engage Start-ups. 
  • Talebi, A., Rezania, D., & Bragues, G. (2021). Value Creation in Public Procurement of Innovation: A Case of Engaging Start-ups by a Local Government. Local Government Studies, 1-25.  
  • Talebi, A. & Rezania, D (2020). Governance of Projects in Public Procurement of Innovation: A Multi-Level Perspective. Journal of Public Procurement. 20(2), 187-206  
  • Pries, F., Talebi, A., Schillo, R. S., & Lemay, M. A. (2016). Risks affecting the biofuels industry: A US and Canadian company perspective. Energy Policy, 97, 93-101.  

Talebi, A. (2021). Mechanisms to Work with Start-ups. Presented in International Applied Business Conference at University of Guelph-Humber, Canada (online).

Talebi, A. & Rezania, D (2020). Collaborative Value Creation through Public Procurement of Innovation: A Case of Local Government. Presented in Global Conference on Creating Value at École des Ponts Business School, France (online).

Talebi, A., & Rezania, D. (2018). Start-up Engagement: A Realistic Evaluation. Presented in World Open Innovation Conference at University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, US.

Talebi, A. (2018). Public Procurement of Innovation: A Case of Start-up Engagement. Presented in Administrative Sciences Association of Canada at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Talebi, A. (2017), Public Procurement: a case for open innovation. Poster presentation in World Open Innovation Conference at University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, US.

  • ACCT*1220; Financial Accounting  
  • ACCT*2230; Management Accounting 
  • MGMT*3320; Financial Management 
  • BADM*3000; Finance 
  • BADM*3160; Corporate Finance 
  • BADM*4060; Investment Finance 
  • BADM*4090; Portfolio Management 
  • BUS*6520; Managing Price Risk  
  • Rolf Mirus Graduate Scholarship in International Business (2010); 

  • CEFE MBA Scholarship in Family Enterprise (2011);  

  • Marketing and Consumer Studies Scholarship (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017);  

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015, 2016, and 2017); 

  • Graduated from PhD program with the A-level GPA, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario (2020); 

  • Graduated from MBA program with the GPA of 3.82 out of 4, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (2011). 

Area of Research

organizational management
Public Management